Two dogs rescued last year from the streets of Sarajevo have made it overland via Hungary to their forever homes in England. They arrived on the 10th of February and are settling in beautifully.
If you have been reading this blog you will remember the story of Loppy, found in Sarajevo by Ismir Musić last September. He’d found several dogs including a mother dog and her puppies in an abandoned yard near his home. One of the puppies was very weak and died shortly afterwards. Ismir tried to keep the others safe and with funds raised he provided food for the dogs. Unfortunately some of the dogs – including the mother and her remaining puppies – disappeared and it is possible some of the dogs died due to an outbreak of canine parvovirus. But Loppy stayed in the area, and survived the outbreak. Ismir was able to keep an eye on him.
Sheila Prestwich in Essex, England, found out about the situation from one of our Facebook groups and she took Loppy to her heart and committed to adopting him. With help from other donators Loppy was taken to King Pension in Sarajevo where he was given a full veterinary check up and all his vaccinations. Sheila fundraised for several months for his care in this pension and for Loppy’s eventual travel to England and now Loppy is finally with her, where he has plenty of playmates – Sheila’s two boys Jake (13 yrs) and Alfie (4 yrs), Supie the cocker spaniel and Chocolate their hamster. Loppy has never lived in someone’s house, but he’s adapting well and with Sheila’s love and dedication is already learning how to be housetrained.
Loppy’s first meal at Sheila’s: a roast chicken dinner
Loppy making friends with little Alfie
Sheila driving Loppy home
Billy was first seen at the end of November last year, see our blog post: A Day in the Life of an Animal Activist in Sarajevo.
Jelena Paunović was searching for a dog who had been sighted with a terrible injury: his lower jaw shot off. Sadly the dog was only found days later and by then it was too late, he had died. But while Jelena was looking she did as she always does: feed strays. A beautiful labrador type dog climbed into the car window and didn’t want to leave. She had to let him go, but Julie Henretty from Gloucestershire saw his photo on the blog and read his story and felt she had to do something for a dog who seemed to be determined to be rescued.
Julie contacted us and ‘Billy’ was found a few days later and taken to Ensar’s pension where he was prepared for travel to England.
Billy and Loppy travelled together, driven overland from Sarajevo to the Hungarian border by Jelena and Ensar, and from there taken to England by a friend. It seems probably Billy was deliberately abandoned by someone, as he is so friendly with people.
He is young, very energetic and and doing very well at Julie’s. He loves racing round in the snow throwing his tug toy up in the air and catching it. He has had his neutering operation on Tuesday, and is booked in for his first obedience class tomorrow.
Billy with Jelena, enroute from Sarajevo to the UK
If you think you can adopt or sponsor a rescue from Bosnia-Herzegovina, then please visit our sister website http://awabosnia.org. Here you will see photographs and details of a number of animals desperately needing homes. We have arranged transport from Sarajevo to the UK which can proceed as soon as 10 dogs are approved for adoption. Countries other than the UK can also be considered. Please contact us for information.
This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them. Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.